The municipality of Katwijk consists of the villages Katwijk aan Zee, Katwijk aan den Rijn, Rijnsburg and Valkenburg. Katwijk is a seaside place close to Leiden, with its own distinct character and a lovely atmosphere. In Katwijk, you won’t just find traditions, but also the biggest shopping centre right by the sea. Good old-fashioned hospitality, yet surprising events. Katwijk is a village, with all the facilities of a town. What’s more, it is the ideal base from which to explore the rest of the ‘Bollenstreek’, the bulb region of The Netherlands.
There is a lot to discover in Katwijk. Sure, everyone knows about the dunes and the beach. But there is so much more to Katwijk! For instance, every weekend, you will find live music being played somewhere or other. Organ concerts and other classical music, cover bands, but also pop and (hard) rock. Of course, Katwijk also has many features that fit its history as a fishing village, such as the ‘watergolfslagfontein’ (wave-generating fountain): the basin next to the ‘Witte Kerk’ church, where cool waves wash over Andreasplein square every half hour!
Many visitors are surprised when they visit Katwijk. The village offers a lovely, authentic atmosphere combined with events well worth attending. The wide range of things to see and do really does stand out! Take, for instance, the popular festivals, music festivals and sports events. And the traditional ‘Visserijdagen’ fishing festival, ‘Kippen- en Kuikenloop’ charity walking event and the Flower Parade are also definite musts!